The Freemax Marvos T 80W pod kit review and it looks like the eight year old Shenzen based manufacturer is drawing inspiration from their Fireluke range of tanks to come up with something a little bit different.
In reality it seems like a natural progression from the Freemax Gemm 80W starter kit – check out Neash Vapes review for the full run down on that one.
Later, they continued the disposable tank theme with the highly portable Freemax Gemm 25W pod kit. I was lucky enough to review it and received a damn fine experience from the 0.5ohm direct lung coil.
It was a pod kit that for once (in my opinion) pushed the battery to it’s true capabilities. The Freemax Marvos T Pod Kit looks set to do the same.
What Can We Expect From The Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit?
With the Marvos T 80W Pod Kit, Freemax has drawn inspiration from its hugely popular sub ohm tanks.
We can go back to the introduction of the Fireluke M sub ohm tank featuring the first version of their Coil tech mesh coils. A world first!
The Fireluke M Pro took the coil technology to another level featuring double, triple, quad and quintet mesh.
It seems folk can’t get enough of the stainless steel mesh and tea fiber cotton formula.
The Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit uses the same formula – with plug and play coils.
This obviously means the pods are no longer disposable and with coils capable once again of making full use of power from the internal battery.
An upgraded FM 2.0 chipset improves accuracy of the power output, offers a faster firing speed and all the usual safety measures are built into the board.
With a power range of up to 80W we can expect hefty battery capacity and that’s exactly what we get internally with a rating of 3000mAh.
Power adjustability is determined by clicking the fire button in sequence so don’t expect any screen display. It works in just the same way as the Kizoku Oaker MTL Kit, for example.
Probably the single most important thing to expect from the Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit is the purely direct lung vaping experience from either of the mesh coils provided.
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Inside the Box
It comes in a no nonsense slip case with a pull tag for easy access to the lower half of the box.
- Freemax Marvos T 80W battery
- Freemax Marvos DTL Pod 4.5ml
- MS Mesh coil 0.15ohm
- MS Mesh coil 0.25ohm
- Type C USB charging cable
- Warning card
- Warranty card
- User Manual
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Key Features
One thing’s for certain! There are no threaded 510 connections in sight so zero confusion over the heritage of the Freemax Marvos T Pod Kit. It does what it says on the tin lol.
Instead of the usual fixed airflow found on many pods however, there’s now dual adjustability in the form of an airflow control ring located at the top of the Marvos battery.
The battery section features three step power adjustability offering a soft, medium or strong pull. The moulded 810 drip tip is specifically designed to provide a broad, airy direct lung vape.
There are four very simplistic colour schemes on offer: Grey, Black, Blue and Red (under review).
Freemax tell us that the DTL pod is inspired by the Fireluke series of sub ohm tanks and that the FM Coil tech 4 coils deliver fantastic flavour around the 40 – 80W mark.
While on the subject of the DTL pod itself, a 4.5ml one is included (2ml for the TPD version – sorry!) but there’s also the option of a 4ml glass version – available separately.
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Specifications
- Dimensions 27.3 x 125.5mm
- Weight 126.8g
- Material Aluminium alloy/Stainless steel/PCTG/Glass (with optional 4ml DTL pod)
- Pod capacity 4.5ml/4ml/2ml (TPD)
- Coil MS mesh coil with tea fibre cotton and SS904L mesh
- Coil resistance 0.15ohm/0.25ohm
- Battery capacity 3000mAh
- Output range 20 – 80W
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Design and Build Quality
Freemax tell us that this is “Better than the best sub ohm tank“.
That’s why you’re here and that’s my cue. To find out if the Freemax Marvos T Pod Kit actually lives up to that lofty claim.
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Battery Section
The whole design is very much in keeping with that of a standard vape pen, only more chubby due to the battery capacity, it’s still very pocket friendly.
The battery has a smart spray coat finish but I’m not sure if the painted product logo is going to hold up to wear and tear. It’s raised and looks prone to scratching easily.
The fire button while responsive feels slightly mushy when pressed. However it’s raised enough to locate in poor light conditions which is always a plus.
It’s a shame the USB charge port lies directly behind the fire button because the inner finger often catches it during use. I found it to be a little uncomfortable but that’s a subjective issue. I’m also hoping it wont gather natural skin oils and affect functionality.
Full marks to Freemax for providing plenty of battery venting at the base. The width measured 25.8mm so there’s plenty of stability when charging in a vertical position.
The specified width (27.3mm) of the battery takes into account the adjustable airflow control ring (AFC) which tapers out slightly. There’s some classy micro knurling here which assists with the fine tuning of airflow.
The AFC is not too tight and not too loose which is quite impressive. The tolerances are very good. Whatever adjustment is made on one side is mirrored on the other. No real surprises there!
The airflow opening extends to 11mm and will provide a very effective direct lung vape.
Inside the battery is a magnetic ring that literally snaps and pulls the pod into place however it’s positioned. That’s good. It makes things much quicker and more convenient.
In fact, I didn’t even have to look – the magnets are that strong!
You can shake, baby, shake as much as you like. It’s not going to come out. Excellent design work.
In the centre are the gold plated spring loaded coil contacts. Do these provide increased conductivity and response time? We’ll find out soon enough.
How To Use The Battery
- Press the fire button five times in rapid succession to power the device on or off.
- Press the fire button three times to scroll through the three available power settings. These are denoted by three colour LED’s encircling the fire button.
- Red – Soft (40 / 60W)
- Blue – Medium (50 / 70W)
- Green – Strong (55 / 80W)
(The lower wattage apply to the 0.25ohm MS mesh coil. The higher wattage apply to the 0.15ohm MS mesh coil)
Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit – Pod Section
In sheer looks alone the Marvos DTL Pod certainly resembles a sub ohm tank.
The included 4.5ml pod is made with industry standard PCTG. That means it’s incredibly durable and able to withstand quite a few knocks.
When taking into account the moulded drip tip the pod measures 39.5mm in height with a width of 25.8mm.
Further evidence of direct lung vaping intent can be found with the moulded 810 drip tip. It’s said to taper in and specifically designed to prevent spit back or leaking from the mesh coils.
Four strong magnetic contacts are on the base of the pod along with the fill port. This is one of the easiest silicone stoppers I’ve dealt with. No fiddling around, no cursing any lack of finger nail – nothing lol!
I’m not a fan of the branding around the lower edge of the pod. It takes away some of its class. Being a first batch review model it may end up being removed from the retail edition.
In all fairness it isn’t visible when inserted into the battery section – maybe I’m just a picky bugger lol!
When the pod is inserted or removed the LED on the fire button will flash white to indicate connectivity status.
How Does the Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit Perform?
MS Mesh Coil 0.25ohm – Strong Power Setting (55W – Green LED)
I began by using the strongest setting (55W) with airflow wide open. There was still around a 10% restriction during inhale but nothing could prepare me for how smooth the draw was.
I didn’t experience any turbulence nor was there any spit back. It’s not the quietest vape in the world but still failed to wake a napping wife!
It’s a slightly warm inhale while cloud production is extremely dense and satisfying. So what of the flavour?
It’s incredible to be totally honest. I used Wick Liquor Boulevard, a Mardi Gras fruit bowl of complex flavour notes and each one pulls through intensely.
Nothing gets lost in translation with the sweetness and sharpness scintillating the taste buds in the way I experience from a high end dripper. Yes! It really is that good. Just without the additional warmth RDA’s bring.
Reducing the airflow ramps up the cloud production but for me at least, has a tendency to marginally reduce flavour properties. The quality tends to be a bit erratic although it’s still good.
Other Power Settings
Stepping down to the medium power setting (50W) with airflow wide open doesn’t present any significant change. I would suggest some of the sharpness to the e juice has been reduced while more of the sweetness comes through.
Other than that the tea Fibre cotton is still kicking butt!
Using the soft setting (40W) results in a very cool vape. With airflow totally unrestricted cloud production remains super good.
The flavour is certainly less prominent but shutting down airflow will improve this – and help preserve vital battery life into the bargain.
The stainless steel mesh performs cleanly and consistently even when chain hitting. Awesome stuff from a thicker 80VG/20PG juice ratio.
MS Mesh Coil 0.25ohm – General Thoughts
Although the coil does deliver to varying degrees all three power settings I found the strongest one to perform the best. With airflow wide open I was able to get the very best flavour experience the e juice is capable of.
I also found the coil was able to generate sufficient heat for the profile I used. That’s not always the case with mesh so the stainless steel did a damn fine job.
As for the tea fibre cotton? I’ve always found it to work extremely well, offering an extremely clean tasting vape. It has an intense, saturated quality to it – very flavoursome.
So overall I’m highly impressed by the MS mesh 0.25ohm coil.
Suggested juice ratios would be from 60VG/40PG – 80VG/20PG.
If using nicotine salts go for 10mg and nothing stronger than 3mg freebase. I used 6mg and found it to be a bit harsh on the ‘ole throat.
MS Mesh Coil 0.15ohm – Strong Power Setting (80W – Green LED)
Now we’re pushing the Marvos battery to the limit. How often is that said of pod kits?
The airflow was left wide open and I instantly noticed the speed of the ramp up which impressed. The power was there at the press of the fire button. Great stuff!
At 80W the mesh coil worked superbly with air bubbles dancing around the wicking ports. I also found more warmth being generated at this setting, trouncing the capabilities of the 0.25ohm coil.
This leads me to suggest the coil being highly suited to bakery or dessert based profiles.
I used Nasty Pastell Blackcurrant to test the coil. It’s a 70VG/30PG short fill with 3mg freebase nicotine added.
All the juicy fruit quality was on show as well as the “jellified” nature of the e juice. It’s really quite incredible given there’s no airflow restriction. So much so that I felt hard pressed to make any adjustment!
Airflow Adjustments and Other Power Settings
To be honest I experienced the same effect as the 0.25ohm mesh coil.
These coils don’t seem to favour much airflow restriction. Reducing it by 50% obviously intensifies the warmth but in a way to literally steal away flavour properties.
Pulling down the power to the softest setting (Red LED – 60W) caused a dramatic muting of flavour. It was still present but much of the sweet and sourness of the blackcurrant disappears.
It’s not a power setting I would personally use very often.
At 70W (medium power – blue LED) a decent balance between flavour and cloud production was struck. Using a mid airflow restriction will optimise the flavour without any compromise to vapour production.
So to increase the battery life this would be a good setting to use.
MS Mesh coil 0.15ohm General Thoughts
Put simply, the 0.15ohm MS mesh coil really does deliver the goods and the difference to power between this and the 0.25ohm coil is significant.
At the strongest power setting it performs extremely well. It’s not often I’m able to chain vape mesh at anything above 60W without dry hitting but this coil dealt with everything thrown at it.
..and with with great power comes great flavour replication! The added warmth is a pleasant bonus.
The flavour intensity, notes and textures are all present in the way the juice manufacturer intended.
However with maximum airflow it can be a relatively noisy vape and to be honest restricting it does little to alter this.
The suggested juice ratios would be between 70VG/30PG – 80VG/20PG. I never tested the coil with high VG but at the strongest power setting may possibly be an option.
- Excellent flavour and cloud production from both stainless steel mesh coils
- Great pod to battery connectivity
- Build quality
- Pod design – easy to use fill port and visible juice levels
- Fast 90 minute charge
- Lightweight and portable
- Both coils prone to leaking at their base
- Clear 810 drip tip gathers visual condensate (subjective)
- Juice guzzler (subjective)
- Quite a noisy vape
- Lower power settings reduce flavour quality (subjective)
- Misleading charge LED
- LED’s not visible in direct sunlight
- Average battery life
Final Review Verdict
Let me get a few gripes out of the way first. They revolve around the design of the device. I had a pig of a time trying to figure out what power setting I was actually using.
Because when vaping the fire button shows the remaining battery level – not the actual power setting used.
I did figure it out, eventually.
The three power settings scroll from soft, medium to strong and are also remembered by the upgraded FM 2.0 chip.
So keep that in mind when powering down the device. The current setting will have been saved for the next vaping session. Trust me! It will save on a lot of button bashing lol
It’s something that could have been made clearer in the instruction manual.
The Return of Negative Neil
It will take a mere 90 minutes for the battery level to drop to the 67% region. I was expecting better things, more so with the 0.25ohm coil but both behaved the same.
Yes it’s good to vape while the battery is charging but the LED indicator remains red at all times. Once a full charge is obtained it simply turns off.
I think Freemax could have made better use of the LED’s. Red for low, Blue for medium and green for approaching a full charge. Flashing white five times to indicate complete. Something along those lines..
It’s important to remember that I received a first batch review model so it’s a niggle that may get ironed out. As our Editor, Neil always reminds me. “You can only review what’s in front of you” – very true.
There’s still no getting away with it. Both coils have a nasty habit of leaking from their base. It’s starting to feel like a mandatory con with pod kits!
The Marvellous Marvos
I’m impressed with the power and ramp up time of the mesh coils. It’s pretty much instant and that’s good news for someone who tends to chain vape frequently – like me!
It also shows that the upgraded FM 2.0 chip is working sound as a pound. That’s not forgetting the built in safety features such as low voltage, short circuit, low resistance and time out protections.
Although at the expense of battery life, I honestly felt I was getting maximum potential from both coils. This was especially the case using the strongest power setting (Green).
The adjustable dual airflow ring works effectively too, mimicking that of a standard sub ohm tank. I found it to be most effective on lower power settings where airflow restriction helped to improve flavour quality.
Closing Thoughts – To A “T”
The Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod kit will suit any sub ohm vaper to a “T”.
The reason is pretty obvious…the DTL pod takes its queue from their design and I think that’s very refreshing if not entirely original.
The power capabilities alone means it can compete in that vaping sub category. This makes it a viable option to someone that’s looking to move on from an airy MTL to a direct lung vape without the need for a large, cumbersome MOD.
It’s going to rival some sub ohm tanks for portability and ease of use thanks to plug and play coils. It’s a fantastic choice for anyone stepping into the realms of sub ohm vaping without the burden of convoluted screen menus.
The included MS mesh coils deliver an exceptionally flavoursome vape thanks to maximum use of the battery. The Freemax Marvos T 80W Pod Kit delivers real power for an 80W device.
Yes there’s room for improvement and no doubt Freemax will deal with that. I’m just not sure how they’re going to improve on the exceptionally impressive flavour and vapour production.
Is this a kit you’re interested in?
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